Every time I visit the southwest, I fall deeper and deeper in love with the desert. My first trip to Scottsdale earlier this month only intensified my infatuation. The incredible experience can be credited to a midweek getaway at Andaz’s newly opened resort, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Set within a 23 acre desert oasis, near the base of Camelback Mountain, the resort has paid the utmost attention to every detail. Each of the 201 casitas evoke desert minimalism and midcentury modernism, the art throughout the property has been created and curated by Scottsdale’s legendary Cattle Track Arts Compound, the lush landscaping blends seamlessly into the natural environment, and menu at the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen reflects local influences and ingredients. It’s clear, the moment you check in, that the resort’s ethos is genuinely devoted to paying homage to the artists, farmers and community of the Sonoran desert. And although you never have to leave the resort to experience the essence of Scottsdale, I managed to squeeze in some amazing highlights in just 48 hours . . .
Sanayi 313 isn’t just a shoe label. It’s a concept boutique founded by brothers Enis and Amir Karavil. Located in an industrial district of Istanbul, Sanayi 313 offers home furnishings, art, clothing, a marketplace and restaurant. Serena Uziyel, a close friend and Parsons School of Design graduate, joined the duo to design a collection of Ottoman-inspired babouche slippers and a cult following was ignited. The embellishments, which include pom poms, tassels and metallic embroidery, are fun but not frivolous – bold but not garish. Love. No, obsessed.
Whenever I’m in a style rut, Nanushka is one of the few labels I visit for a much needed dose of inspiration. Her styling is always impeccable, not to mention pieces from each of her collections seem to transcend time and trends. I love that designer Sandra Sandor is carrying over the cropped wrap tops, high waisted linen pants with fringed hems, and that perfect pop of red from spring. Add pink slip-on mules and a flat, wide brimmed straw hat, and you’re summering in style.
Rustic wood beams, ceramic tiles, herringbone floors, industrial windows, Moroccan doors . . . is it possible that this home boasts all of my favorite things under one roof? I’ve fawned over this space umpteen times and each time, I discover something new. Designer Jennifer Bunsa has paid incredible attention to the most subtle particulars, and taken risks with impactful details, in this Hudson farmhouse. Who would have thought to put a leather saddlebag at the end of a kitchen island? Or an ginormous macramé owl that overflows onto the living room floor? Or bedding to match the wallpaper? Honestly, dreamy.
Inspired by the stately manner in which Kehinde Wiley portrays his young, contemporary African American subjects, artist Jess Phoenix just recently completed her own series of portraitures entitled Queens. Four women of color are each cloaked in dresses printed with Jess’ signature florals and drenched in vibrant colors. I’d love to see her broaden the series even further by delving into more races and cultures. But at the moment, I’m wowed by the beauty of these four Queens.